I’ve been away from home the past week – away from my sewing machine and all projects. It’s given me a chance to think through my sewing goals for the New Year. So here goes…
1) Sew ALL of My Own Clothes for 1 Year – I took the plunge and joined the RTW Fast sponsored by Sarah at Goodbye Valentino – I’m one of 262 sewers who have sworn to give up buying ANY clothing for the YEAR. That means buying zero clothes in 2014 ( shoes, socks, underwear excluded). Yikes! It’s daunting, but I need this challenge and I’m going to do my absolute best to stick with it.
2) Develop a Sewing Plan – If I can’t buy clothes, I had better be strategic in what I choose to sew. That means I need a plan. I’ve already taken a stab at cleaning out my closet. In doing so I really realized that I don’t want a lot of clothes, I want a wardrobe of great looking, great fitting, high quality clothes. I need a plan that will provide what I need, when I need it. I’ve already started mapping out the year to see what events I need to consider. The big thing is there can be no emergencies – if I have to sew my clothes, I need to plan ahead and be ready. Being in Florida this week has been a help. The weather started out warm, so I was able to give some consideration to what I’ll need for summer – I’m thinking Tory Burch tunic. Then, as with the most of the rest of the US, the weather turned cold which provided an opportunity to do some upscale clothes “shopping” – to look, touch, and research design details and construction of some beautiful clothes – most impressive to me were Donna Karan and Jason Wu.It felt a bit odd to be taking photos in the store, so this I pulled from the web – one of the many incredible pieces from Jason Wu’s Resort 2014 collection. What an artist!
3) Use Only the Best Quality Fabrics – This was one of the reasons I returned to sewing in the first place – I wanted to sew great fitting clothes in great fabrics. Over the past year my skills have improved and I’ve learned a lot. What I haven’t done is taken the plunge on really great fabric. I have a wonderful store not far from my home that sells beautiful designer fabrics and in about an hour and a half, I can be shopping in the garment district of NYC. There are also great on-line resources. No more bargain bin, second rate fabrics. No more excuses. I’m taking the plunge and upgrading.
4) Continue to Challenge Myself and Learn and Build my Skills – I have bought more Craftsy classes than I’ve actually taken. Two in particular are The Couture Dress with Susan Khalje and Sew the Perfect Fit with Lynda Maynard. I plan to choose one and sew along to make a dress I can wear for my son’s college graduation this spring. I will also “take” the other classes I have bought before buying a single other one. There is a lot of knowledge here that will help me continue my quest to improve my sewing skills. I will also look for other ways to continue to improve – my local ASG chapter, PatternReview contests, using my many sewing books.
5) Not Just Learn Fit, But Get Fit – If I’m sewing my own clothes, they would look much better if I firmed up and lost some weight. Besides, I’ll be healthier. This week I already started by hitting the gym daily.
It’s actually pretty cool in that it tracks your daily activity and sleep and then, with a wireless connection, it sync’s and provides a dashboard you can see online or through an app how you’re doing. So far, so good!
So that’s it. My 2014 goals. I think making them public – or at least documenting them – makes it more likely they’ll be accomplished. At least I know I’m in good company on the RTW Fast!
For everyone else who has established goals for the new year – good luck!
Meanwhile, Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!